Car has leaking head gasket? More info wanted?
So my car (1998 Dodge stratus) 149k miles, apparently has a head gasket oil leak. It leaks about 1 qt. per month of oil. I was told by one mechanic that this was the cause of my oil loss, but I am not so sure? The car doesn’t do anything else weird, runs great/doesn’t overheat, no coolant leaks, oil is normal color. The only thing is a slight and I mean very slight bit of white smoke that comes from my hood if I open up my hood, and usually I can only see the smoke at night. Would I be doing any harm running the car if it does have this leak as long as I fill the oil when it gets low? I don’t have the 1k to fix it but I don’t want to damage my engine somehow. Does this sound like a head gasket leak? If it is will it get worse over a long course of time, or slowly. Could this hurt any other area of my car/ ruin it more if I continue to drive? Thanks for your responses! I really need more information on this!
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